Well, I got my card and I’m taking jlpt N2 on December 7th. I’m pretty excited. I’ve been studying a lot and getting better and better. Although I still get very frustrated because it seems I forget as much as I remember. Japanese is a really hard language with lots of new vocabulary.
The above link explains the changes to the jlpt that occurred a few years ago. I know I personally was confused about those changes and it took me a while to figure it all out.